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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Community Briefs

Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Los Altos

With the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies last week, Los Altos and Mountain View Scouts began door-to-door sales Monday and will sell them at stores and other locations beginning Friday.

Local Scouts received nearly 6,500 cases of cookies, a 25 percent increase over last year, and the largest delivery in recent history, according to Gail Wong of Los Altos Service Unit 608 and Carolyn Stratton of Mountain View Service Unit 605. A new cookie this year, the Savannah Smiles lemon wedge, joins the traditional favorites: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.

Sales are scheduled through March 18.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Library hosts iTunes session

The Los Altos Library has scheduled Part 7 in its Social Media Series: “iTunes 101,” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The free program is appropriate for beginners and experienced users.

Attendees will learn how to organize music, play it on a computer or mobile Apple device, search for apps, add and search for music, manage an iTunes account and download podcasts and TV shows. A review of how to search for apps in iTunes for various Apple products is also included. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Forum examines civic center plan

A community forum on the Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar will explain the condition of the existing community center and the reasons for replacing it. He will review the master plan and moderate a question-and-answer session.

City officials are in the process of determining whether and/or when to place a bond measure on the ballot to fund renovation of the civic center.

For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

Lively Foundation hosts benefit for schools

The Lively Foundation has scheduled its annual benefit banquet noon Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road East, Palo Alto.

The event will feature lunch, party favors, door prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation’s programming for Bay Area schools. Los Altos’ Loyola School has presented two performances of “The Gold Rush,” Lively’s educational program.

Tickets are $44, with $14 tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.livelyfoundation.org or call 969-4110.

Photo contest celebrates ‘Life in Los Altos’

To mark the 60th anniversary of Los Altos’ incorporation, the Los Altos Library has scheduled “Life in Los Altos,” a photography contest open to children and adults.

Submitted photos must be original work taken in Los Altos.

All photographs will be displayed during the month of March, with the winner determined by public votes.

Categories include grades K-6, grades 7-12 and adults.

Library representatives will award prizes for first place and honorable mention in each category.

Entry forms are available at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road; and online at www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Submit hard-copy photos to either library and digital photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Keeping brain in shape subject of talk

Dr. Judith London of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation, “How to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 23 at Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto.

A licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating Alzheimer’s patients, London will discuss how relatives, friends and caregivers of those with advancing Alzheimer’s disease can re-establish a meaningful connection and communicate.

London is author of “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances” (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). She is currently writing her second book, “Support for Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” scheduled for release this year.

For more information, visit www.avenidas.org or www.drjudithlondon.com.

Peninsula Symphony performs at luncheon

The South Bay Guild of the Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its Symphony of Blossoms Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2690 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The Peninsula Symphony Quartet – comprising harp, flute, violin and cello – will perform, followed by a drawing to benefit the Music Merit Awards for young students and the Peninsula Symphony’s music programs.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For tickets, make checks payable to “South Bay Guild” and send by Monday to Arlene Dean, 2091 Robinhood Lane, Los Altos 94024. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

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